Tyrian Times: Cutthroat Politics

By Shannon Doyle (Leliah), OnRPG’s Resident Tyrian Expert


When Pirates meet Politics anything is possible. Today marks the launch of Cutthroat Politics, the latest update to the ongoing Living Story in Guild Wars 2. Today marks the start of campaigns as Evon Gnashblade, Owner of the Black Lion Trading Company goes head to head with Ellen Kiel, formerly of the Lionguard go head to head in a political race which will decide who will sit on the Lion’s Arch Captain’s Council. It will be up to the players to decide who will take the all important seat, each with their own campaign promises and videos. Voting is easy, earn support tokens for the person you want to see take the seat by taking part in games and events, WvW, and just normal day to day playing. Then turn the tokens in and convince your friends to vote the same way you do. Support tokens will be accepted until August 5th and each time you turn one in you will get a Representation Button. Using the button will show your support for your candidate and help you advance certain achievements. If you wish to support a candidate more directly you can take part in their trials which will put you against the elements and against other players. These are PvP activities and do have achievements attached.

If you haven’t decided who you want to vote for here is a run down of what each promises:


Evon Gnashblade:

Price of Black Lion Keys Reduced for 4 Weeks
Fractal of the Mists Research into the Fall of Abaddon
Crab Toss and Southsun Survival


Ellen Kiel:

Reduced Waypoint Travel Costs for 4 Weeks
Fractal of the Mists Research into Thaumanova Reactor Explosion
Crab Toss and Southsun Survival


And if none of those really appeal you can check out the write in campaign for the Skritt King. He promises:

The Skritt King promises less junk and more shinies for as long as Skritt King  live, probably four weeks!
The Skritt King will teach you better ways to salvage!
The Skritt King will sponsor lucrative Fractals of the Mist research into the Depths of Tyria! Find lost shinies!
The Skritt King will host a rotation of popular activities like Crab Toss and Southsun Survival.


Of course if politics aren’t really your thing the bizarre bazaar is still open for business along with the Sanctum Sprint and everything else that came with the Bazaar of the Four Winds update two weeks ago. This update also brings a Player Instrument Volume Slider to the Sound Options (Thank whoever the Grawl are worshiping this week for that!). Catapult Mastery has been added to the Rank and Abilities tab, plus a heaping handful of class changes. On top of all of this there are new back pieces and Aetherblade weapons. The weapons can be obtained with Black Lion Claim Tickets which are only found in Black Lion Chests. As a result Black Lion Keys are now a rare drop from chests. The tickets and ticket scraps will continue to be available for the foreseeable future as they will be used for future weapon sets. The skins purchased with these will be tradable until they are used!

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